Opera Queensland’s all Local Cast


We are excited to announce the singers selected by Opera Queensland for our upcoming locally produced production of Tumbulgum and the Countdown to Midnight at the First Supper between Now and Forever that will be performed at Tumbulgum Hall on 16 and 17 December as part of the If These Halls Could Talk project.

From the open audition process the eight singers that were chosen are all from the Northern Rivers region and range in professional experience including 18 year old Byron Bay resident Maisy Taylor (above) and 17 year old Tweed resident Lincoln Jamieson.

Taylor who has just graduated from Shearwater Steiner was handpicked by Creative Director Jason Barry Smith for the lead role as Umi after only appearing in a handful of local production and despite his years, Jamieson has been on stage since he was only 6 years old, performing in numerous musicals/productions including Oklahoma, Hairspray and playing ‘Pip’ in a musical rendition of 7 Little Australians.

Full Cast:

Ari Ehrlich as the CHANTER | Murwillumbah

Lincoln Jamieson as MAN #1 | Tweed

Sean O’Hara as the FERRYMAN | Murwillumbah

Katie Rutledge as the MOTHER | Lennox Heads

Melanie Smart as WOMAN #2 | Bilambil Heights

Jim Sparks as the CEDAR CUTTER | Murwillumbah

Maisy Taylor as UMI | Byron Bay

Chelle Wallace as WOMAN #1 | Murwillumbah

Read more about the cast here

The original production was created from consultations in the community, research through local archives, and the Northern Rivers landscape through which Opera Queensland were struck by the mythological scale of the stories and the place. With this they set out to develop an allegorical story, in the tradition of many operas, which takes the audience to an unknown world.

Tumbulgum and the Countdown to Midnight at the First Supper between Now and Forever is a wondrous and heart-warming presentation by the major performing arts company, based on stories from the Tumbulgum Hall and the surrounding community.

The story is told through an amalgam of theatrical styles with music at the centre. The show has been shaped around sounds of the Northern Rivers region including traditional folk music and traditional opera to sea shanties and original songs from local artists weave their way into the telling.

For two nights only Tumbulgum Hall will be transformed into an other-worldly place and audiences will be taken on a musical journey into the next world and into forever by the major performing arts company.

Tumbulgum and the Countdown to Midnight at the First Supper Between Now and Forever will be a truly unique musical and theatrical night out.

The production will be shown at Tumbulgum Hall on 16 and 17 December at 7.30pm and will conclude the If These Halls Could Talk project a region-wide season of contemporary arts events being held in seven community halls from the 17 September – 17 December 2016.

Tickets can be booked online here or by calling Arts Northern Rivers on (02) 6628 8120

Image | Darcy Grant